Science and Engineering Librarian Recognized for Distinguished Service
Najwa Hanel (center) with Catherine Quinlan (left), Dean of the USC Libraries, and Maryalice Jordan-Marsh (right), associate professor of social work and chair of the USC Academic Senate Distinguished Faculty Service Award Task Force
Science & Engineering librarian Najwa Hanel was one of three USC faculty members to earn the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Service Award. The USC Academic Senate presented the award at the University Club on Wednesday, May 11, 2011.
The award announcement cited Hanel’s “service that benefits faculty and the University that goes beyond the requirements of [her] formal role at USC.”
Hanel is a graduate of the USC School of Library Science. Following her graduation, she was hired to serve as the head of the dentistry library. She spent eight years in that capacity before taking an extended leave of absence to raise her children. When she returned to USC in 1989-90, as a librarian for the Science & Engineering Library, she became involved with library and university governance through service as a senator on the Faculty Senate.
When the Faculty Senate became the USC Academic Senate in 1993-94, Hanel chaired the USC University Faculty Handbook Committee. She has also served on many Academic Senate task forces and participated in several committees that published white papers on various subjects, including the tenure process and faculty rights and responsibilities. She has also been chairing or co-chairing the Academic Senate’s Committee on University Events for a number of years.
Hanel also served on the Academic Senate’s executive board for three terms and was selected for the USC Trustees/Alumni Affairs Committee.
Within the USC Libraries, Hanel has served on numerous committees and panels, including the peer review, elections, and professional development committees. She has been a member of the APCAT (Appointment, Promotion, and Continuing Appointment) panel and the UAPCAT (which is under the jurisdiction of Provost’s Office for Faculty Affairs) where she served for three terms. Last fall, Hanel served on the USC Libraries’ Good Neighbors Campaign committee.
Hanel is a member of many USC clubs and service organizations. She is a longtime member of the Friends of the USC Libraries, and more recently, she has become a member of the Top Drawer Society. She and her husband are members of the USC Associates and the USC Athletics Board of Councilors. Under both President Steven B. Sample and President C.L. Max Nikias, she has served as a USC Ambassador. Hanel also is a member of one of the university’s signature support organizations, Town & Gown of USC, as well as a member of the Association of the Trojan Leagues-Trojans Leagues of the South Bay.
Of her recognition, Hanel says that “I feel so very rewarded for doing things that I have enjoyed and continue to enjoy.”